Alay Sa Albay

On Friday, August 12, 2011, members of the Rotary Club of Metro Lipa will hit the road to embark on another humanitarian mission in the disaster-stricken province of Albay in Southern Luzon. Recent typhoon devastated at least three towns in the province leaving some families homeless.

During the recent visit of PP Arnold Capuloy to Legazpi City, the Capital City of Albay, he met with some members of the Rotary Club of Metro Legazpi and he was briefed on the extent of the damage and the kind of help they are seeking from other Rotary Clubs within RI District 3820. By God’s grace, PDG Tony Quinn of RI District 1200, shares the Water Survival Box project of their club, the Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge in Somerset, England. Their club is willing to immediately send 250 units of water survival boxes ( www.worldwaterworks.org ) at a short notice.

Coordination was made with the Rotary Club of Metro Legazpi while the Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge is preparing the shipment of the water survival boxes. During the recent coordination, it was found out that at least 200 units of Shelter Box were already delivered in Albay and each Shelter Box already contains a water purification kit. Having known this, PP Arnold Capuloy immediately informed PDG Tony Quinn to hold the shipping of the water survival boxes until RC Metro Legazpi informs us of the number of families who did not lose their homes but are experiencing shortage in supply of potable water.

In the mean time, members of RC Metro Lipa, through the active support of their spouses, were able to gather donations of food items, clothings, and hygiene products. They will deliver the said goods in Albay using a cargo truck courtesy of PDG Onye Reyes. All members supported this project, albeit not everyone can personally join the distribution because Pres. Oliver Bollozos wants everyone to make sure also that other upcoming events will be attended by RC Metro Lipa members. During the weekend, one group will meet in preparation for the Governor’s visit and induction, one group will attend the club induction of RC Atimonan in Lucena City, and another group will go to Albay to distribute the goods.

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